The Role of Self-Reflection and Capitalization in Integrating Personally Self-Expanding Experiences in a Relational and Non-Relational Context

It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. Download adobe Acrobat or click here to download the PDF file.

Click here to download the PDF file.


Boettcher, Johanna Friederike




Personal self-expansion (i.e., self-growth outside the relationship) may benefit relationships and the self. I hypothesized that personal self-expansion promotes relationship satisfaction and meaning in life especially for people who self-reflect and capitalize. In Study 1, a community sample (N=104), completed self-report measures of trait personal self-expansion, relationship satisfaction, capitalization, self-reflection, and meaning. In Study 2 (N=93), half of the sample was assigned to self-reflect (vs. control group) after all participants had engaged in a self-expanding sculpture activity. Relationship Satisfaction and meaning in life were assessed. Results were mixed. In Study 1, trait personal self-expansion predicted relationship satisfaction, especially if the partner reacts constructively to positive news. In Study 2, relationship satisfaction decreased after the activity but state personal self-expansion predicted meaning in life. Those that self-reflected reported positive changes in the amounts of meaning in life but those that did not self-reflect indicated negative changes.


Psychology - Social




Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 

Thesis Degree Level: 


Thesis Degree Discipline: 


Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

Items in CURVE are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. They are made available with permission from the author(s).